Though I would not prefer to exclusively tutor Algebra I, I would be happy to include math while tutoring other subjects. I was a strong math student, and I tutored my middle school students in all subject areas. More recently, I have tutored a number of students in math and have seen them make significant improvement after working with me.
I have a Social Studies degree concentrating in History, and am state certified to teach grades 7-12. I have focused on world history for the past six years, but I taught US history for three years, and can easily tutor a student in American history as well.
While the sciences are not my focus, I have helped students to master basic science concepts throughout my career. I have always found biology to be especially engaging, and (within the sciences) have the most experience tutoring this particular field of study.
I have taught English as a Second Language for approximately 15 years as a volunteer. In my studies for my History degree and state teacher certifications, I obviously needed to be able to express myself well in English. In my extended studies of the Spanish language, I have come to understand English grammar much more deeply.
I have volunteered as an English tutor throughout most of my adult life, indeed, beginning as a seventeen year old freshman in college. For approximately eight years, I served as the coordinator for our church's community ESL classes. I have experience tutoring students at all proficiency levels and have trained other ESL tutors in instructional methods. I recently completed my master's thesis on second language acquisition, as part of my MA in Spanish.
I have tutored students in all major content areas for some time, and have extensive experience in test preparation for the SAT and teacher certification exams. I have worked with high school students, college students, and graduate students in a variety of content areas. I can certainly help an adult student to achieve a passing score on the GED. I would look forward to the opportunity to help a young adult to attain his or her dreams.
In my non-Western World Cultures and History class, we spent a great deal of time studying the geography of Southwest Asia, North Africa, Sub-saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Latin America.
Geometry was always my favorite math class. I was always a strong math student, and completed study through calculus. While I would prefer to tutor math in conjunction with other subjects, I am fully competent to tutor your child in Geometry.
Between teaching and studying the Spanish language and teaching ESL as a volunteer, I have studied linguistics, phonetics, and other aspects of the structure of language. I recently completed a master's thesis that was focused on second language acquisition and how to help students to learn the structure of language.
I began college as an English major and, though I changed to History and Spanish within my freshman year, I have always been an avid reader. I love classic British and American literature, and my Spanish MA has included extensive study and analysis of Spanish and Latin American literature.
I took the general Praxis exams, as well as subject-specific exams in Social Studies and Spanish to become certified as an educator by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. My scores on all tests (including general knowledge) were well above average, and far exceeded the minimum scores required to pass (usually by 30-40 points). I have tutored three Praxis students since working with WyzAnt, and all three have been very pleased with my work. I am aware of the recent changes to Pennsylvania's testing requirements, and have also developed materials to use in preparation for the PAPA.
Prealgebra and algebra have always interested me as fascinating ways to look at the world, identifying unknowns and following rational steps to quantify those unknown variables. I would be happy to help your child with prealgebra.
After ten years of grading essays and other student work, I can identify errors in writing samples fairly quickly. I have always tried to coach my students as writers by not only pointing out mistakes but modeling and explaining how to make their writing more interesting, clear, and grammatically accurate.
Understanding what one reads is foundational to growing as a student. As a history teacher, I gave frequent reading quizzes and spent extensive time in class training my middle school students to read nonfiction materials effectively.
In my non-Western World Cultures and History class, I spent significant time in each unit discussing the dominant religions of each region studied. I have taught extensively about Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Hinduism.
While I took the SAT many years ago, I did extremely well on the reading section of the test when I took it. Since that time, I have devoted much of my life to language, as a Spanish teacher, linguistics student, and English as a Second Language tutor. I am a strong reader and have frequently helped students to develop effective decoding techniques and memory strategies for vocabulary.
I have devoted much of my time and energy to growing as a writer, whether in English or in Spanish. I have helped second language students learn to express themselves in English, and have helped my history students to write well in their first language. I often proofread submissions to newsletters and other small community and church publications because I have a strong command of English grammar and appropriate form and style.
I am fluent in Spanish. I have taught Spanish for ten years, have my MA in Spanish, and have studied in Spain, Peru and Mexico. I have served as a volunteer English-Spanish interpreter and translator and have devoted much of my life to mastering this beautiful, enchanting language.
I have always been a strong speller, and, because of my work in both the English and Spanish languages, usually see patterns and rules that can help students to master spelling. As part of my ESL program, I often taught phonics to non-native speakers, with the goal of making our crazy English spelling system a little more manageable for them.
As an advisor to seventh grade students for seven years, I developed countless lessons on study skills and test preparation. As the co-chair of our school's advisory committee, I also helped other teachers to create similar lessons for grades 6-9.
I have tutored students in English as a Second Language for most of my adult life. While all of my experience has been as a volunteer, I have often taken a leading role in coordinating small (church-based) community ESL programs. My formal education and professional training is in Spanish foreign language education; however, my master's thesis focused on second language acquisition in general, and my years of professional experience as a Spanish teacher have always helped me immensely in my work as an ESL tutor. I am familiar with the TOEFL, and have worked with TOEFL students in the past.
I have always had a fairly well developed vocabulary because I read extensively and love words. Being fluent in Spanish has helped me to decipher Latin-based English words and has expanded my English vocabulary as well.
I taught non-Western World history for six years. My knowledge of European history is not as fresh, but I have a degree in Social Studies with a concentration in history, and taught European history for two years.
As I mentioned in the proofreading description, I have always sought to coach my students as writers. Expressing oneself well in writing is critical to almost any academic pursuit. In addition to helping students to write essays and research papers, I enjoy creative writing and blogging.